Weekend-getaway


Apr 30 2009

Summer is Just Around the Corner

Fun at the Beach

Fun at the Beach

Weather-wise, it was perfect in Boston this weekend. Everyone seemed to be in a fantastic mood, people broke out their summer clothes, neighbors were sitting on their stoops, invitations to barbecues were popping up, and people were seriously starting to plan trips to the beach. Thanks to the weather forecast, I now know that the sun will disappear soon – most likely on my next day off from work – but that shouldn’t stop me or anyone from planning their next beach adventure. One must be prepared to take advantage of every weather-permitting opportunity. My godson Andy, who is featured in the photo, is always ready and willing to head to the closest beach. All he needs is his hat, shorts, sunscreen, adult supervision and he is ready to go. All the adult supervisors need to know is where to go. Continue Reading »

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Nov 28 2008

Happy Belated Birthday Teddy (Roosevelt)!

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Theodore Roosevelt's Birthplace --photo by Lisa

Theodore Roosevelt's Birthplace --photo by Lisa

If you happen to find yourself wandering around Union Square in New York City with an extra hour to spare, might I suggest popping into the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site for an informative tour.  One-hundred-fifty years ago (and one month, his birthday was on October 26th), Theodore Roosevelt was born in a beautiful townhouse at 28 East 20th Street. Apparently, I missed the Birthday Block Party this year, but they still had commemorative Theodore Roosevelt Birthday mugs for sale in the gift shop.

The current house is a reconstruction and was built by the Woman’s Roosevelt Memorial Association in 1923 as a memorial for our 26th President. There is a really interesting gallery of Roosevelt memorabilia showcasing his toys, political cartoons, campaign buttons and the hat that he wore in the Spanish-American War.  Guided tours are offered almost every hour and are preceded by a short film about Roosevelt’s youth.  All of this for only three dollars!

(The Blue Guide to New York was a great source for finding interesting smaller museums to see in New York City so I could escape the cold weather!)

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Jun 27 2008

Hooray to the Mighty Red Maps!

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Red Map of NYC

Red Map of NYC

Yesterday, my day off, I was lucky enough to take a day trip to New York City. It wasn’t just for fun; on the contrary, I had the task of helping my two foreign friends.

New York City is overwhelming. It comes down on you like a hurricane, like a mighty wave of light, sound, heat, commotion and pure thrill. Its streets are like overflowing rivers and its subway system is a maze that confuses you in a snap. All of it together makes your head spin. Now, multiply the effect of it all by a thousand for two humble guys who haven’t seen anything like that in their entire lives. So, I had no other option than to turn into Ariadne for one day — to help them find their way in this labyrinth called “The City.”

Well, even Ariadne had to use a wool thread. I had a better tool in my hands — two Red Maps of New York City. I presented those to my friends and they immediately let out two sighs of relief. They obviously were not going for a lot of details, so something clear, straight to the point and with a subway map marked right over the streets perfectly served the purpose. I headed back to Boston with a light heart yesterday just because I know there is nothing better than a nice, useful, helpful map to make a brief stay even in the bustle of New York City a breeze.

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Jun 24 2008

The Magic of the Monument: Provincetown Pilgrimage

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Explorers Guide Cape Cod

Explorer's Guide Cape Cod

Most of my trips to Provincetown seem to revolve around the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum. I can usually find $5 parking nearby, it’s good for orienting myself, and I always erroneously think that a public bathroom is located in the museum.

This time, however, I spent an inordinate amount of time staring at it. One of my friends spends the summers performing there and I went down to see his show at the Gifford House. While we were enjoying cocktails on the veranda during one of his breaks he mentioned the “magic of the monument.”

Apparently if you look at the tower at just the right angle, it looks like Donald Duck. Everyone except for me seemed to see Donald’s likeness right away. Even after a few more cocktails, squinting really hard, and having numerous visiting Canadians try to point it out to me, I never saw it. I just saw a really tall tower — the tallest all-granite monument in the entire U.S. at 252 feet and 7.5 inches to be exact, according to An Explorer’s Guide to Cape Cod. Continue Reading »

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Jun 14 2008

A Jersey Girl Returns

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Cape May birds

Pocket Naturalist guide to Cape May Birds

When you leave the city of Cape May on the southern tip of New Jersey and start north on the Garden State Highway, a large green sign greets you: “Welcome to New Jersey!” And that’s exactly how it feels. Cape May is its own entity. Rows of Victorian houses painted like Easter eggs, rambling old hotels wrapped in latticed porches that belong in New Orleans, those weird bike things that five people can pedal along on at once–everything you need for a lovely weekend away from the sweltering city. Everything including nature: I saw dolphins! Dozens of them arcing out of the ocean, blowing spray into the air, and causing general panic among the beach-goers who thought they had spotted a shark. And the birds! Cape May happens to be the home of the World Series of Birding. (Yes, there is such a thing.) Continue Reading »

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Jun 05 2008

Becoming a Jersey Girl

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New Jersey Moon HandbookOkay, laugh all you want, but I’m going to New Jersey on vacation this weekend and I’m excited. I’m not going to the New Jersey that I know you’re thinking of, though. Cape May is located on the southernmost tip of the state, drifting down the Atlantic coast and wrapping around westward along the beaches of Delaware Bay. Starting as a successful whaling town, the city is now known for its Victorian-style houses, the beachfront promenade, and general un-Jersey-like quaintness. There are state parks to visit, beaches to lounge upon, birds to be birded, and a bar called Ugly Mug that sounds perfect for me. But I have to go–got a bus to catch. (To be continued…)

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May 19 2008

“Cock of the Walk”

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During the month of April we both took time off from work. It was one of those rare spring days when the weather actually cooperated…that is to say it was warm and sunny. Nice! Continue Reading »

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